Autumn Calf show saw a strong turnout of both vendors and buyers with 124 calves through the door. The Champion calf from Sowray Brothers of Bishop Thornton was a cracking British Blue Heifer which went on to sell for £410 to regular supporters Malcolm and Stephen Abbott. Calves in general were a strong trade with best calves possibly a touch easier today however straight middle of the road calves were a cracking trade with black and white calves selling to a strong average of £86.49 and topping at £220 and £200 from Stephen Marshall of Summerbridge. Contninental bulls were still the best supported with strong runs from regular supporters Church Farm Enterprises, C&SB Whitelock, Sowray Bros and C Watson all on the receiving end of a healthy trade.
Native bulls remained strong to sell with an average of £274 and £330 twice for calves from JP&KE Hartley of Beamsley and from JR&EJ Griffiths of Penistone. Overall a great day in the calf ring at Skipton.
Rearing Calves to £395
B&W av £86.49 Cont av £323 Native av £186.52
Limousin x (Av £308.18) to £400 Hayton & Stocks
Brit Blue x (Av £342) to £395 Church Farm Enterprises
Aberdeen Angus (Av £274.38) to £330 JP&KE Hartley
Flekvieh (Av £223) to £290 C Watson
Simmental (Av £250) to £250 A&SL Throup
Shorthorn (Av £120.63) to £185 Flasby Estates
MRI (Av £150) to £150 C Watson
Black & White (Av £86.49) to £220 JC&DJ Marshall & Sons
Simmental x (Av £280) to £280 CN&SA Harrison
Ab Angus (Av £167.22) to £250 DL DM & J Heron
Flekvieh (Av £200) to £200 C Watson
British Blue (Av £300.67) to £410 A Sowray & Son
Lim (Av £255.83) to £380 Hayton & Stocks
Craven Dairy Auction (19 head)
A much improved trade today with a good show of milkers on offer down the shippon. Pre-sale show was kindly judged by Brian Moorhouse of Bell Busk and he placed two of Robert Crisps heifers champion and reserve. It was these two heifers which took the top two prices of the sale at £2050 and £2020 selling to Alf and Andrew Townsend and Mark Goodall respectively. The first prize cow from Ian Parkinson of Barden saw his 30kg cow hit £1880 to Richard Sutcliffe of Queensbury.
A run of 5 strong heifer from Keith Downs of Bingley sold away well to a top of £1980 selling to Ken and Lynne Throup of Woofa Bank with a three sweet heifers from KT Wood topping at £1750 again selling to Mark Goodall. All in all a much improved sale with Pedigree Heifers averaging £1920 and Commercial heifers £1688, the next sale comes around in a fortnights time.
Judge – Brian Moorhouse
Prize Awards: Newly Calven Heifers: 1st ASE Crisp 2nd ASE Crisp 3rd H Downs
Newly Calven Cows: 1st MD Parkinson 2nd DA&SA Fort
Champion – ASE Crisp Reserve – ASE Crisp
Newly Calven Heifers (av £1688): to £2050 ASE Crisp
Newly Calven Cows (av £1550): to £1880 MD Parkinson
Pedigree Newly Calven Heifers (av £1920): to £1980 H Downs & Son